Seems like this has been a bit hijacked, but Zetterberg doesn't have fire? Jeez. The guy's passion is pretty obvious to me. You could see him beating himself up pre-All-Star break last season. After he was the 2nd best player (statistically) in the league behind Malkin. He was pretty much the only one to show up in the post-season. He's got a quiet fire that I guess not every one can see.
As far as Pavel goes, my gut instinct tells me that he's gone once his contract is up. I'd really like to see him play it year-by-year, signing much like Lids did, but I feel like he'll go back to Russia.
I guess one positive is that he mentioned missing Detroit, (I think it's in one of the posts on this board) so perhaps that's a good sign. I'd love to keep him around as long as possible.
If I was a European player I would be thinking long and hard about whether or not to play in the NHL. The league has become a joke and the money will no longer be the dominating factor in player's decisions. In my view the salary cap has damaged the product and watered down the league. With many European players likely to opt out of the NHL it will only be worse. I think this lockout is going to be even more damaging than the last one. I for one will not pay any attention to a partial season. In my opinion a Cup champ after a half season is just a half champion. If the season is cancelled the NHL will drop completely off my radar. It took me 2 years to regain interest after the last lockout. Part of the mystique of the NHL is the rich history and tradition. Bettman's NHL has pissed all over that history and tradition. If they lose another season they can take their product and stick it. I am out.
You want to hurt people?
Prepare for people to hurt you.
It's that simple.
But shouldn't that retribution be within the rules, the way Kronwall hits. Fighting, while mostly accepted, is still breaking the rules and a 5 minute penalty. A typical Kronwall hit doesn't violate any rules.
I agree Kronwall should keep his head up skating through open ice, but I don't agree he needs to respond with fisticuffs to legal hits.
Exactly...and not only that. I think the fact that he refuses to drop the gloves is actually a good tactic in getting in the other teams head. When he lined up Kesler last season and Kesler tried to fight Kronwall to no avail, Kesler and the other "tough guys" on the Nucks were concerned with getting at Kronwall for the rest of the game, not scoring goals. He's done this many times.
Selanne and Vorachek also come to mind. When he nails a guy on a "tough guy team", they just don't expect those kind of violent hits from the Red Wings, so they'll be damned if they're gonna let the soft-Euro filled Wings beat up on one of their guys.
Think what you will about Kronwall on a personal level, but his hits can change the momentum of a game/series, and the fact that he doesn't fight only helps that.
Sums up my thoughts.
As for Pavel. I'm hoping playing in Russia during the lockout will be enough for him to re-sign here when his contract expires. I can see him signing here until he is at least 40, he is loyal to Detroit. He loves it here and even took the time to fly back to Detroit during the hockey break in the KHL.